stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


Arson Identified In Guyana Fire That Killed 19 Children


Investigators believe arson was the cause of a deadly fire at the Mahdia School dormitory in Guyana on Sunday that killed nineteen children.

“The initial investigation by the fire service identified that the fire was maliciously set,” Dwayne Scotland, deputy chief of the Guyana Fire Service, told a news conference Monday.

But investigators said they have not yet identified any suspects.

According to local reports, nine victims are currently in hospital, in addition to the nineteen children who perished due to the girls’ school dormitory blaze.

President Dr. Irfaan Ali declared three days of national mourning in an address to the nation.

Ali announced that all public buildings should fly the national flag at half-staff in honor of the children who lost their lives.

Guyana’s Department of Public Information (DPI) said 59 girls were staying in the dorms, but only 56 were in the rooms when the fire started since three went home for the weekend.

Thirteen girls and a little boy died at the dorms, while five died at the Mahdia Hospital, DPI reported.

It indicated that investigators would need DNA analysis to identify the 13 female victims who perished at the dormitory.

Amid the mourning over the tragedy residents held a demonstration calling for justice.

AFP reported that around 50 relatives and friends of the victims demonstrated on Monday in Chenapau, a village close to Mahdia that is home to many of the school’s pupils.

Reports indicate that the dormitory had barred windows.

And firefighters said they managed to save some children by breaking holes in the wall of the building.


Any third-party or user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries published on the St. Lucia Times website ( in no way convey the thoughts, sentiments or intents of St. Lucia Times, the author of any said article or post, the website, or the business. St. Lucia Times is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, any comments or replies posted by users and third parties, and especially the content therein and whether it is accurate. St. Lucia Times reserves the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate content posted by third parties on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times (this includes the said user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries) at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you, or any user. For example, we may remove a comment or reply if we believe it violates any part of the St. Lucia Criminal Code, particularly section 313 which pertains to the offence of Libel. Except as required by law, we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times. All third-parties and users agree that this is a public forum, and we do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website. Any posts made and information disclosed by you is at your own risk.


  1. My God. What a terrible tragedy.
    My heart goes out to the families and people of Guyana.
    May God’s grace carry you through this terrible time.
    I pray for justice for the lives lost and their families.

  2. Mahdia is home to many st. Lucians who migrate this banana republic. I do hope we don’t have linkage here. Above all those innocent souls will haunt the perpetrator.

  3. I did not want to comment on this article – however, I must honestly state that somewhere deep in my soul I felt this was a deliberate act of arson. @ Wowee I agree with your post – In addition, I also sense that this was done to cover up some heinous acts which were happening there at the school dormitory —–
    May they RIP – my my my – how could anyone be so evil…

  4. The La Rose festival was a big celebration there. Very very sad…God bless their souls🙏🏽.

  5. I have read in another reliable (overseas) news source that it was started by one of the female boarders because she had her phone confiscated. It did not state whether she had been taken into custody. Shocking and terrible for all those concerned.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Send this to a friend